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Work Smarter, Not Harder!

  Summer Reading is off to a great start and the fun continues on Monday, June 12th at 3:00 pm, when Julian Franklin presents his "Work Smarter, Not Harder" program.  Kids of all ages (and their parents) will have hands on fun learning about wheels, pulleys, levers, wedges, incline planes and screws!  Come to the children's area for this FREE program and find out just how much fun learning about these things can be!  For more information, call the library at 832-559-4235.  Don't forget to register for the Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World" and read books, log minutes, complete activities, write reviews and earn incentives and prizes! 

Summer Reading Magic Begins!

 The 2017 Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World" kicks off this Monday, June 5th with the amazing magic of Ted Schwank and his ballistic blast themed show!  Be dazzled, amazed and have fun at this FREE program that is appropriate for all ages!  The show begins at 3:00 pm and we are asking that you meet in the Children's Area prior to that time. And, for a little extra added fun, the Chick-fil-A cow will be roaming the library between 2 and 3 pm for you to meet and take pictures.   Don't forget to register, read and log books, complete activites, attend programs, earn prizes and most importantly, have fun at special programs all Summer long! 

 

Story Time Ticketing to Begin!

  Due to safety issues. the Children's Department will begin ticketing all story times on Tuesday, May 30th through the Summer.  Tickets will be limited to 30 participants and their parent/caregiver and will be handed out at the children's reference desk 30 minutes prior to the start of story time until they are gone.  We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to a fun Summer with you and your children!

Library and College Campus Closed Saturday and Sunday!

 Due to ongoing construction and a necessary shut down of utillities on the Lone Star College campus, both the college and Tomball Library will be closed this Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st.  No entry will be permitted on to the campus for any reason during this time.  For your Library needs this weekend,  please visit the Barbara Bush Branch or Northwest Branch.  The entire campus (college and Library) will reopen Monday, May 22nd at 8am. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

2x2 BOOKS!

   Each year, the 2x2 commitee for the Texas Library Association (TLA) is tasked with reading well over 500 children's books.  From these 500 + books, they choose 20 that they consider to be the best of the bunch for children ages 2 months to 2 years - hence 2x2.  The 20 chosen are comprised of picture books, non-fiction, Spanish and this year even a graphic novel is on the list.  In the Children's Area here at Tomball, this special collection of books are grouped and shelved after the Early Readers under the large bulletin board.. Previous years books are shelved in this area as well and all the books are designated by a spine label with the year they were named to the list.  On the TLA website you can find a complete list of this years books, previous years list, resources and activities to work on with your child.  Let us know what you think of these special books the next time you are in the Library! Happy Reading!  

Passport to the World Program!

  Pack your bags and travel around the world library style!  The Children's Department will be celebrating Día on Wednesday, April 26th at 5:00 pm!   Get your passport stamped, learn about Native Americans and "travel" to  Australia, Brazil, India, Italy and Kenya.  Explore these diverse cultures through music, snacks, crafts and activities!  This program is FREE and for children ages 6 - 12 and their familes!  Call 832-559-4235 to register!

Celebrate Earth Day and Space!

  Earth Day and Space - 2 awesome and informative displays await you on your next visit to the Library!  On the first round shelf area you will find books and information on Space, planets and NASA's latest projects.  In the alcove area directly after that, you will find the Earth Day display.  Earth day is an annual initiative which began in 1970 to bring awareness and demonstrate support for environmental protection. Today, it is recognized with events held worldwide in over 193 countries!  Learn about it, get information on ways you can protect the Earth and check out some books.

As part of a committment by the staff of the library to a "year of giving", each month a worthy cause is chosen to contribute to.  This month, and in conjunction with Earth Day, the library has chosen the Tomball Community Center.  We are asking for donations of clean and dry plastic grocery bags which will be woven into sleeping mats for the homeless.  A large green box is located near the base of the display for the collection of these bags.  Thank you in advance for helping us to recycle and give back to our community! 

Blackout Poetry Program!

  Celebrate National Poetry Month with us!  Using a sharpie and newspaper or a page out of a book, black out the words you don't want, leave the words you do and the result is poetry created by you!  All supplies provided!  This FREE program is for tweens and teens ages 10 – 18 and meets in room L129 on Wednesday, April 5th at 5pm!

Children's Garden Club!

   We are fortunate to have a beautiful garden area outside of the Children’s Activity Room where children can learn about gardening, plant seeds and then enjoy the yummy fruits and vegetables that they've grown!  New Leaf Gardeners is a club for children ages 7 – 12 and meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:00 pm.  This Thursday, March 23rd, kids will learn all about roots and discover what is growing under the soil!  Call 832-559-4235 to register for this FREE program!

Spring Break Week at the Children's Department!

  •    The Children's Department is the perfect destination for a week of Spring Break fun! 
  • Grab and Go crafts will be availabel (while supplies last) at the Children's Reference Desk.  On Monday, March 13th pick up a rainbow sun craft and  on Wednesday, March 15th you can pick up a cookie monster bookmark.                    
  • Story Times:  Monday – Thursday (please access the calendar for specific days, ages and times)
  • Art Explorers: Tuesday, March 14th at 5:00 pm.  Learn about Pop Art and create a butterfly canvas. This program is for children ages 8 – 12 and requires registration by calling 832-559-4235.
  • Yeah for Spring Break!  See you then!
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